Medicine: Turista

Whenever and wherever the itchy-footed U.S. tourist goes beyond his own borders, he runs a high risk of coming down with diarrhea. For this spoilsport condition he has a variety of evocative names,* and he invariably blames it on the local food and water, which he suspects of harboring amoebae or other low and exotic forms of life. In this he is almost certain to be wrong, said Manhattan's Dr. B. H. Kean in a report to the A.M.A. For all its global prevalence and frequent severity (it can touch off fever and vomiting,...

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